Monday, July 23

Comfort for Underdogs

Suggested Scripture

Isaiah 40:1-31

Key Verse

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
(Isaiah 40:29, NIV)

The term “underdog” is one that is applied by observers based on external evidence and past performances. When the secular world looks at us Christians, they may deem us weak, saying that we use religion or our faith as a crutch. They may conclude that we are naïve for believing in someone we cannot see. The world would like us to believe that living selflessly makes us losers.

Those who were seemingly the underdogs of the Bible have claimed a respected place in what is sometimes referred to as the “Faith Hall of Fame” found in Hebrews 11. What the world perceived as notable disadvantages proved to be a winner's edge when it came to the overall game plan. Read the details for yourself in the stories of Noah, Abraham, and others in Hebrews 11.

For all intents and purposes, we are underdogs—in an earthly sense. Fortunately, we know there is more to life than the present moment. We are able to see the bigger game plan that includes the spiritual world. The spiritual world is the one where we find God’s playing field, and it is there that we are undoubtedly favored to win.

Reflecting Pool

In what ways do you feel like you're an underdog in the world?

When do you find yourself most discouraged?

As you read Isaiah 40, what comforts you the most about what God promises to do for His people?


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